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How to create a custom header menu in Shopify

How to create a custom header menu in Shopify

To create a custom navigation menu in Shopify, add Liquid and schema code to a new section file. This allows you to create a dynamic navigation menu that is easily customizable within the Shopify admin. Follow these steps to design your own navigation menu.

Step 1: Create a New Section File

  • In your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  • Click on Actions next to your current theme and select Edit code.
  • Under the Sections folder, click Add a new section and name it custom-navigation.

Step 2: Add Liquid Code

In the custom-navigation.liquid file, add the following Liquid code to create the structure of your navigation menu:

<div class="custom-navigation">


    {% for link in section.settings.links %}


        <a href="{{ link.url }}"> {{ link.label }} </a>


    {% endfor %}



Step 3: Add Schema Code

At the bottom of the same file, add the schema code to allow customization of the navigation links in the Shopify admin:

{% schema %}


   "name": "Custom Navigation",

   "settings": [


       "type": "link_list",

       "id": "links",

       "label": "Navigation Links"



   "presets": [


      "name": "Custom Navigation"




{% endschema %}

Step 4: Add the Section to a Template File

To display the custom navigation menu on your storefront, you need to add the section to a template file. For example, to add it to your homepage, open index.liquid (found under the Templates folder) and add the following code where you want the navigation to appear:

{%  section 'custom-navigation'  %}

Step 5: Customize the Navigation Menu

  • Go to Online Store > Themes > Customize.
  • In the theme customizer, you should now see an option to add the "Custom Navigation" section.
  • Add it to your desired location and configure the navigation links as needed.


By following these steps, you’ll have a fully customizable navigation menu that you can manage through the Shopify admin. This gives you flexibility and control over your store’s navigation:

  • Create the custom-navigation.liquid section with the provided Liquid and schema code.
  • Insert the section into a template file where you want the navigation to appear.
  • Customize the navigation links through the Shopify theme customizer.

By implementing these steps, you can enhance your store's navigation, making it more user-friendly and tailored to your specific needs.

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